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Online Course: Now is the better time to be an entrepreneur

By Degen Hill

Students gathered to hear from Silicon Valley experts this Wednesday on March 29th, focusing on a variety of topics related to technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.


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what you will learn from the class

Dan Neary, Vice President at Facebook was the speaker with an insightful talk titled, “Entrepreneurship in the Age of Innovation and Disruption”.

He covered 8 pieces of advice during his speech:

  • solve a problem

  • find your wedge

  • embrace the pivot

  • culture beats strategy

  • be a learning organism

  • focus on real business outcomes

  • stay humble, stay paranoid

  • care more than the other guy

‘Now has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur.’

                                                                                                                                                                       ——Dan Neary

Finally, Dan recommend two of his favorite books:


  • The first is The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen (a famous Harvard Business School professor), which highlights 3 key points about disruption;

  • The second book is called Who moved my cheese, and it illustrates 3 key points about life.

Dan Neary leads the global marketing solutions teams across Asia Pacific and is based in Singapore. 

Prior to Facebook, he worked for both Skype, and eBay. Dan received both his BS and MBA degree from DePaul University, USA.

As usual, the xuetangX will be updated weekly with videos from the class that shouldn't be missed. 

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The co-joint program is between Tsinghua School of Economics and Management (Tsinghua SEM), Tsinghua x-lab, and Facebook. The course aims to boost students’ interests, innovation ability, and entrepreneurship. They will be introduced to the most popular science and technology hot spots from Silicon Valley.

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